Things To Do in Murchison Falls National Park

Things To Do in Murchison Falls National Park

The 5 Top Things to do in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

Murchison Falls National Park, in northwestern Uganda, is perhaps one of Uganda’s most diverse safari locations, in terms of both wildlife and visitor activities. Murchison offers a wide range of activities, from Nile cruises to wildlife drives, nature walks, birdwatching, and even chimpanzee trekking in the nearby Budongo Forest Reserve.

Hike to the Top Falls in Murchison falls national park

Hike to the Top Falls in Murchison

Activities: Things To Do in Murchison Falls National Park

Nile River Cruises

There are several opportunities for tourists to this national park to explore the River Nile, from sunset cruises to boat tours upstream to see the Murchison Falls themselves. Daily boat cruises, for example, leave Paraa Safari Lodge at 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Travelers can enjoy breathtaking views of the river from Paraa, which is located above the falls. However, a private excursion with Baker’s Lodge on the Nile’s south bank is recommended for the best boating experiences.

Sunset cruises are a great way to kick off any visit to Murchison, especially for visitors arriving by road — what better way to ease into your safari than with a refreshing drink on the world’s longest river? Cruises to the waterfall reveal the Nile’s raw strength as it thunders through a 7-meter gap, the narrowest point on the entire length of this great river!

boat cruise in Murchison falls national park

1 Day Murchison Falls Safari Tour is one affordable way of visiting the popular park to have a game drive and boat cruise.

game drives in Murchison falls

2 Days Murchison Falls National Park Safari is a wildlife tour with a boat cruise, a hike to the top of the falls, and a game drive.

Elephants in Murchison Falls National Park

3 Days Murchison Falls Safari includes a game drive, boat cruise, and hike to the top of the falls. Rhino tracking will be at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Game Drives

Murchison Falls National Park is home to 76 mammal species, including four of the Big Five, as well as a large number of primates and over 450 bird species. Game drives in this area offer a diverse and frequently one-of-a-kind experience!

Although rhinos are not found in the park, tourists can see large cats, Uganda cobs, and the endangered Rothschild giraffe, to mention a few of the species that live there. The savanna-dwelling Patas monkey, which is indigenous to Murchison and Kidepo Valley National Parks farther north, is another wonderful sighting when out on a drive, and keen birders are likely to see crowned crane, ground hornbills, and Goliath heron on their daily excursions.

Evening Game Drive in Murchison Falls National Park

Evening Game Drive in Murchison Falls National Park

Nature Walks and Hikes

Murchison Falls is a large and varied environment that may be explored on foot in some parts — a fantastic adventure for birders and the brave!

River cruises can include a 45-minute climb to the top of the falls through beautiful woodland, where hikers can observe a wide variety of birds and creatures, including primates, on routes through the Rabongo and Kaniyo Pabidi forests.

The strange-looking shoebill stork can be seen on guided swamp treks in the Nile and Lake Albert Delta, although this is only possible when water levels are low.

Birding

Uganda has long been known as a birding Mecca, drawing birders from all over the world to witness rare species like the shoebill stork and Green-breasted pitta. While Uganda as a whole has over a thousand different bird species, Murchison alone has over 450!

The park’s tremendously diversified topography supports an incredible variety of species. Over the course of a few days, birdwatchers can see a wide range of birds, from herons, ducks, terns, and cormorants that thrive in the Nile and its adjacent deltas to bustards and cranes that graze the broad plains, Murchison has it all!

shoebill

shoebill

Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo Forest Reserve

The Budongo Forest Reserve, while not technically part of Murchison Falls, is easily accessible to those lodging in the national park.

The area is currently home to 700 individual chimps and three habituated groups, one of which is very approachable. The Jane Goodall Institute has habituated members of the Kaniyo-Pabidi village.

While Kibale Forest has long been the go-to spot for chimp enthusiasts, Budongo offers a quieter experience in terms of visitor numbers, as well as less demanding terrain than Kibale!

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